GREAT FALLS - The Missoula Rage and the Missoula Magic both lost in the semifinals and ended up tied for third place in the U18 division of the Electric City Invitational ASA girls' softball tournament here Sunday.
The Rage built a six-run lead, then held on to edge the Billings Blues 6-5, before falling 5-1 to the Glacier City Emeralds of Kalispell.
The Magic took a 12-4 win over the Bozeman Stealers, and a 10-2 victory over the Helena Bearcats, before dropping a narrow 8-6 decision to Great Falls Big Bear.
Tasha Coulston won the first two games for the Magic. Nancy Gorseth went went 3-for-4 in the first game. Collette Phillips, Josie Carlson, Deidra Ranf and Kris Wahlberg all went 2-for-4 in the second game.
Niki Hibbert went 2-for-4 for the Magic in the semifinal game against Big Bear.
Rage third baseman Jackie Buhl saved the win against Billings by pulling off a double play on an attempted squeeze play after the Blues had put the tying and winning runs on second and third base.
Jen Feeley went 3-for-4 with two runs batted in for the Rage. Nikki Pummill had three RBI's.
Glacier pitcher Lissy Palmer kept the Rage off balance in their semifinal matchup. Rachel Worrell, who earned a save against Billings, took the loss for the Rage against Glacier.
Black Ice wins U14 title
At Great Falls, the Missoula Black Ice rolled over the field to claim the U14 title in the Electric City Invitational ASA girls' softball tournament.
Led by tournament MVP Erica DeMers, the Black Ice blasted Waddell-Reed of Great Falls 25-1 in three innings, demolished Helena Diamond Construction 17-6, and romped past the Missoula Mystic 19-2 in the title game.
Stephanie Hertz was the winning pitcher in the first game, DeMers took the second and Molly Hays won the championship game.
DeMers went 8-for-11 in the tournament. Jenny Lyman and Molly Hays each had six hits. Mandy Hays had five hits.
The Black Ice are 12-2 on the season.
The Mystic used a pair of easy wins to reach the final. Mallory Grimsley pitched a two-hitter in a 11-0 win over the Great Falls Lady Electrics, then followed it up with a 10-2 victory over the Kalispell Flame.
Jessica Miles went 3-for-3 with a home run in the first game, and also hit a homer in the second.
Shockers finish third
At Great Falls, the Missoula Shockers U16 ASA softball team finished 4-2 and took third place in the Electric City tournament.
The Shockers beat Belgrade 15-0, led by Lacey Hunter, who had two hits, scored a run and knocked in four runs.
Missoula then beat the Billings Sting 3-1 behind pitcher Jessey Balsam, who allowed just three hits and two walks on her way to the victory.
The Glacier Emeralds then knocked Missoula from the tournament with an 8-0 victory.
Lady Mavs U18 finishes fifth
At Spokane, Wash., the Missoula Lady Mavs U18 had a frustrating day at the Hall of Fame qualifier, losing to the Spokane Sliders 1-0, and theRising Stars of Sedro-Wooley, Wash., 2-0.
The Lady Mavs' Lisa Macki threw a two-hitter with 14 strikeouts in the loss to Spokane. Missoula had just four hits. In the loss to the Rising Stars, Missoula had just one hit. Kristin Tintzman allowed only five hits in the loss.
Monday - 6/21/99